Yum, Yuck, and the Sense of TASTE

Delicious, scrumptious, delectable, mouth-watering, yummy.
Stale, awful, terrible, unsavory, bland, unpalatable.
These are just a few of the many words to describe how food tastes.

Today’s freebie resource is this neat collection of lessons and activities about the sense of “taste”, from the site Neuroscience for Kids, curated by Dr. Eric H. Chudler for students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.



Here are lots more short, fun HANDS ON EXPERIMENTS to try

…and there are more links to other “tasty” resources in these pages! Bon apetit!

The Brownies Primer

The Brownies Primer by Palmer Cox (PDF ebook) – One of the most popular children’s illustrators in the late 1800s was Palmer Cox, who created the amazing “Brownies” for the pages of ST. NICHOLAS magazine in the 1870s, and later a whole series of Brownies books.

Cox drew incredibly intricate pictures of his playful Brownies, often with hundreds of brownies on every page. Amazingly, each brownie character was unique and possessed its own personality.

If your kids have never seen these before, they are in for a real treat. They are a little like “Where’s Waldo?” in that you can just about make a game of every full page illustration, trying to spot your favorite brownies.

The Brownies Primer is a fine beginning reader primer using many delightful illustrations from various Cox books. Use it for reading, for coloring, or just for plain fun, exploring these amazing pictures.

To download this scanned PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and save to your mac.

Inner Body

Screen shot 2015-08-07 at 2.01.30 PMINNER BODY

Explore the human body like never before! With hundreds of interactive anatomy pictures and descriptions of thousands of objects in the body, InnerBody.com will help you discover what you want to know about human anatomy, right  at your fingertips. Display and study the skeletal system, muscular stem, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and on and on. It’s an online “Visible Man / Woman” that is great for introducing human anatomy to students.

CLICK HERE to go to the site

– suggested by  Lisa Thompson! Thanks, Lisa!

Five Famous Inventors

“Five Famous Inventors” (PDF ebook) is a wonderful storybook for primary grades features the stories of inventors Robert Fulton (who invented the steamboat), Eli Whitney (cotton gin & mass production), Samuel Morse (the telegraph), Peter Cooper (the train) & Thomas Edison (electric lights, the phonograph, etc.).

This is a super easy and accessible read. It has a unique format, in that each sentence is a paragraph by itself, making it very easy for young folks to read and discuss.

Your young ones will really enjoy the stories of how these men overcame all sorts of odds to bring their creativity to life for the benefit of civilization.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Mathematical Geography


Great reference text on how Geography and Mathematics work together, with chapters on the form & rotation of the earth, latitude and longitude, time and the calendar, math & tides, the earth in space, and more. Very well done vintage illustrated  reference book, with loads of great info for curious students and advanced math & geographic study!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.

Mac users, hold down the “control” key and click the above link, then “save” to your mac.

The Burgess Bird Book Companion

The Burgess Bird Book Companion

“The Burgess Bird Book” is a classic children’s book by Thornton W. Burgess that introduces children to birds of all kinds. Each chapter is a delightful story about Peter Rabbit and the birds that live around him. Each chapter covers two birds on average. Children will learn their physical appearance, characteristics, eating and nesting habits, behavior, songs, and calls.

Today’s resource from the SatoriSmiles homeschool resource blog not only offers links to the complete ebook and audiobook versions of this classic book, but also an amazing list of online resources that complement and expand this fantastic book, including top bird identification sites and to free coloring pages, birdsong audios, crafts and much much more. Wonderful!

Click here to go to the download and links page!

One Place for Special Needs

One Place for Special Needs

One Place for Special Needs helps you find more and do more in the disability community, and acts as a bridge between families that are looking for resources and professionals/organizations that offer programs and services to the disability community. LOADS of resources in their “early learning activities” directory!

“Not specifically for homeschooling, but a caring community for those with kids with special needs. Has links on the home page to education-related topics. Also has an extensive listings of apps for both Apple and Android systems.”
–  suggested by Stephanie Buckwalter (thanks, Stephanie!)

Click here to go to the home page

Click here to go to their amazing “early learning activities” search page containing links to over 200 learning games & sites, most of them free.

Solar System Trading Cards!


Amazing Space has a wonderful page of downloadable posters, bookmarks, charts and trading cards depicting solar system objects such as planets, comets, asteroids, and the Sun. The trading cards (aka flash cards) are at the bottom of the page. The front of each card displays a color image of a solar system object; the back provides the diameter, distance from the Sun, and/or interesting facts about the object. Great printable that comes in two versions (for older students, and a jr. version for younger students) plus an online activity/game page.

CLICK HERE to go to the download page for the trading cards and all the other resources!

Tip: This site also has a bunch more resources for teachers HERE!

Arvind Gupta Toys!!!

Arvind Gupta Toys.com

Today we’re featuring this AMAZING and truly WONDERFUL site from India, which shows students how to create toys from household or even trash items. These little toy building projects were designed for use in very poor villages and schools in rural India, but most of these are highly appealing to children of all ages and all cultures. These are so inventive and delightful, your kids will be fascinated with these. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Click here to go to the simple toy building instructions page

Click here to go to the video instructions page

Leaves, Changing Colors & Experiments!

Here’s are some great articles and lessons on the science and mystery of leaves and how they change colors in Autumn.

(By the way, you’ll want to click on the wonderful comic strips in this post to read the full sized versions. They are from here.)

WHY DO LEAVES CHANGE COLOR? Every kid is curious about that!

Good scientific explanations for kids can be found HERE and from the USDA Forest Service HERE!

EXPERIMENT TIME! One of the coolest “Fall” experiments you can do is to separate colors in leaves using Chromatography – it is great fun!

Click here to see how to do this awesome experiment that works for both green leaves and leaves that have already turned colors. (And here is pretty much the same experiment, but with step-by-step with photos!)

Fall Art Lessons

Hodgepodge.me has a great page with links to 50 free Autumn-themed art lessons for kids. Lots of great ideas and different media, including chalk, watercolor, acrylics, stamping, etc. Fun art projects for the season that your kids can really get into!

“A few leaves are already starting to turn here in the south and that means it’s time to turn our attention to fall art! Pull out those fantastic reds, oranges, browns, yellows and greens. Don’t you love a fall palette?”

Click here to go to the site!

Every-Day Edits

Want a little different way to teach English grammar skills? Have your student correct someone else’s mistakes!

That’s the premise behind “Every-Day Edits”, a neat series of short (10 minutes!) downloadable lessons offered at educationworld.com that build language skills, test scores, and cultural literacy for students in grades 4 and above.

CLICK HERE to go to the site

“I love this site it has editing pages that only take 10 minutes. That way we can spend 10 minutes on editing then get to other stuff in English.  This is more for the high school students.” – suggested by Rhonda Varkey (thanks, Rhonda!)

A Treasury of Flashcards


My Free Flashcards is a great resource site that offers hundreds of printable and interactive flashcards & presentations in a large array of topics: skeletal system, math, music, food, telling time, social studies, life skills & more, all available in English, French or Spanish. Lots of good material here for students of all ages!

Click here to go to the site

English Fairy Tales

English Fairy Tales retold by Flora Annie Steel, illustrated by Arthur Rackham (PDF ebook) – Today’s resource is this great volume of classic English fairy tales, well told in all their bluster and thunder by Flora Annie Steel, and accompanied by appropriately weird and magical illustrations by well known children’s book illustrator Arthur Rackham. These are not wishy washy Disney-fied versions, but are rollicking fun (and often danger-filled) renditions of such classic stories as: St. George of Merrie England, Jack the Giant Killer, Jack & the Beanstalk, The Three Bears, Tattercoats, Lazy Jack, Dick Whittington & His Cat, and many more. Good reading and great art!

This is a scanned PDF of the original book, so it would be best viewed on a computer, not on portable devices.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.